The Catholic University of America

 Massimo Ceresa, Visiting Adjunct Professor

Dr. Massimo Ceresa, a specialist in the history of the book, the history of libraries, and print history is currently working on two projects, both centered on manuscripts from the Vatican Library, where he spent most of his professional life.   The first project, nearing completion, is an edition and commentary on the very first inventory of the collection of printed books in the Vatican Library (1608-1610).  The second project is a transcription of the diary of a Master of the Pontifical Ceremonies, Biagio Baroni Martinelli, better known as “Biagio da Cesena” (in office: 1518-1541).  The diary is of great interest to those who study the history of church as Biagio writes extensively about ceremonies, ecclesiastical vestments, liturgy, conclaves, churches, religious architecture, bishops and dioceses, international politics, diplomacy, papal journeys and all matters of everyday life in the pontifical court of the first half of the sixteenth century.

Dr. Ceresa has published the annals of the seventeenth-century Roman century printing shop of Guglielmo Facciotti and family and has recently edited the 2nd volume of the History of the Vatican Library.  He was the winner of the Borghese Prize in 2015.


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Sample Publications:

M. Ceresa, Una stamperia nella Roma del primo Seicento. Annali tipografici di Guglielmo Facciotti ed eredi (1592-1640) (Roma: Bulzoni Editore, 2000)

M. Ceresa, Aggiunte agli annali Tipografici della stamperia Facciotti (1592-1643) (Roma: Nuova Ed. Grafica, 2009)

La Biblioteca Vaticana tra riforma cattolica, crescita delle collezioni e nuovo edificio (1535-1590), ed. Massimo Ceresa (Città del Vaticano, 2012) (Storia della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, II).

Courses taught:

HIST 623B: The History of the Book

HIST 623C: The History of Libraries